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A writ petition was filed with the High Court yesterday seeking its directive upon the government to form a judicial inquiry commission to probe the murder of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi. The writ petition also sought the HC order on the government to form a special tribunal to deal with the Nusrat murder case and take stern action against the law enforcers for their dereliction of duty.


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The petition also prayed to the HC to direct the authorities concerned of the government to pay adequate compensation for the family members of Nusrat. Supreme Court lawyer advocate Eunus Ali Akond filed the writ petition with the related branch of the HC. The HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice K.M. Kamrul Kader is likely to hold hearing on the petition today, Eunus said.

The petitioner also sought the HC order to transfer the case to the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) for a proper investigation into the murder case. Besides, Eunus Ali requested the HC to seek the progress of the trial proceeding of the cases filed for killing journalist couple Sagar-Runi, Tanwir Muhammad Taqi, Sohagi Jahan Tonu and Mahmuda Khanam Mitu from the authorities concerned.

Nusrat, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, was set ablaze on April 6 allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case filed against the principal for sexually harassing her late last month. A few minutes before the Alim exams on April 6, four unidentified persons allegedly grabbed Nusrat and took her to the roof of the three-storey administrative building of the madrasa saying one of her friends was being assaulted there, victim"s brother Mahmudul Hasan Noman had told The Independent earlier.

Nusrat died on April 10, five days after she was set afire. The incident triggered outrage all over the country.

Our Noakhali Correspondent adds: A Feni Court yesterday placed on five day remand Kamrun Nahar Moni, an Alim examinee hour after she was arrested in connection with the Nusrat murder case. Moni was a friend of Nusrat and, like Nusrat, Moni was also sitting for the Alim exams, an equivalent of the HSC, at Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa this year.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Sharafuddin passed the remand order after Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) produced her before the court around noon with a 10-day remand prayer. According to the PBI, she was among the five people who set Nusrat on fire at the madrasa"s rooftop on April 6.

In another development, another suspect Md Shariful Islam alias Sharif was arrested from Dhaka"s Kamrangirchar last night for his alleged involvement in the incident. The PBI made the arrest following the information revealed by Nuruddin and Shahdat Hosen Shamim, who were arrested earlier and confessed to their involvement during interrogation.

So far, the PBI has arrested 16 people in connection with the incident and two of the prime suspects Nur Uddin and Shadat Shamim have already confessed that they carried out the fatal attack at the behest of principal Siraj-ud-daula.

According to the PBI, although they initially identified four people present at the time of the attack, the investigation confirmed that there were actually five people on the rooftop. Two of the five were women.

Of the two women, one was madrasa Principal SM Siraj-ud-daula"s niece Umme Sultana Popi, who was arrested on suspicion by police despite not being named in the case.

Nusrat, who was an Alim examinee, suffered 80% burns when she was set on fire—by four burqa-clad unknown assailants, who were allegedly followers of madrasa Principal Siraj-ud-daula —on the roof of the institution at Sonagazi on Apr 6 as she said in her "dying declaration".

Nusrat died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on April 10 after five days of treatment. She was attacked for refusing to withdraw a case her family had filed, last month, against Siraj-ud-daula, for sexually harassing and assaulting her.

After she was set on fire, her family filed another case against eight people, including Siraj-ud-daula, on Apr 8.

Earlier On Monday, former officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonagazi, Moazzem Hossain, was sued for circulating a video of the murdered madrasa student. In the video, he is seen taking a statement from Nusrat.

The judge also instructed the chief of the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), Banaj Kumar Majumder, to investigate the case and submit a report by April 30.

The Police Headquarters also formed a committee to investigate the matter of the ex-OC. It has been learnt that if the committee detected any anomalies in respect of Moazzem Hossain regarding Nusrat"s death, then it will take departmental action.

 

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